BEING HUMAN “Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things” Review

BEING HUMAN (SyFy) "Children Shouldn't Play With Undead Things"
BEING HUMAN “Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things” Episode 8 – Our greatest ability is the ability to lie to ourselves. What happens when we can’t convince ourselves we aren’t the stuff of nightmares? So begins “Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things” this week’s episode of BEING HUMAN. Josh is having dating woes, Nora-the-nurse is attracted to a doctor. Sally is struggling with her journey, Aidan offers her help, in the form of the haunted TB ward at the hospital where the dead go to find their way. And Aidan embarks on the scariest adventure of the set when he befriends the latchkey kid from next door.

If things were only simple for our three roommates.

Josh gets his wish, he manages to win Nora over and she invites him over for dinner and maybe more, the only problem is it’s the night before he turns. The wolf is feeling, well, wolfish for his date and beats a hasty retreat when things get a little frisky. When she corners him the next night, things get out of hand and Josh doesn’t get a chance to get to his “changing room” in time. He is left with one option, racing home and changing there. And for the first time, Sally truly understands what he is going through.

Aidan faces his own problems as he becomes the de facto babysitter for his young neighbor. Things seem to be going along normally, but it can’t last. Sadly for Aidan, it’s unintentional. He sends the kid upstairs to get some Three Stooges DVDs and the child grabs the DVD Rebecca sent. In a confrontation with his mother, it is clear that she believe Aidan is a “monster”. And when Josh finds out, his feelings are not far removed from hers.

“Children Shouldn’t Play With Undead Things” was a mixed bag for me. I loved Josh’s story in this one. The last couple of episodes have really focused on him and I have no complaints about that at all. The thing about this episode was it offered understanding and even hope for our resident werewolf. Throughout the series, he has seemed to be the character that has fought hardest with his monster. Perhaps because it is not always with him, it becomes larger in a way, than Aidan and Sally’s own unnatural lives. I’m not sure what it is, or why I find his story so compelling. This episode really offered, I think, some wonderful insight into his life for us and his roommates. Sally’s speech, the morning after she watched him turn (oh, yeah, we get to see him in his full wolfy self finally!), was touching. The fact that he deserved happiness more was such a loving, caring thought I wanted to hug them both. It showed growth on the part of her character as well.

I’m not as sure what to do with Aidan’s story. They’ve hinted over the past few episodes that he had a family, and perhaps even been responsible for their demise. This bonding with the kid next door offered us a look at Aidan the man, not the vampire, but I am just not sure how I feel about it. I knew going in that something would go sour. It had to right? And I guess, I honestly was expecting Marcus to show up and eat the poor child. Finding Aidan’s porn was unexpected and… Yeah, it made me remember that Aidan is a monster, and of all the three roommates, he is the monster to beat. With more than two hundred years of vampire in his veins, of course he can’t just change and be the cuddly guy I want him to be. Still it was jarring. I think it was supposed to be.

Being Human just keeps getting better. Each week it ends and I want it to keep going for another hour or two. I mean, I wouldn’t mind staying up for a few more hours… Five, six, twenty. Since I know the cruel network will not bow to my wishes and just play the show non-stop, I will sit here, impatiently Being Human, waiting for next week to hurry up and arrive.

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